Showbus Special Part One: The new and shiny

The endless morning queue of buses heading for the rally field
Yesterday was Showbus 2015, the internationally renowned bus rally thought to be the largest bus and coach event in the world. Usually held at Duxford Airfield near Cambridge, this year saw it move to Woburn Abbey - a few miles away from Milton Keynes. 

The word I heard the most today was "Duxford". Whilst, as always, Showbus provided an enormous range of vehicles (Which the organisers should be extremely proud of!) Woburn Abbey did not at all seem to be an appropriate location for some three hundred buses and coaches - a step back rather than a step forward, you could say. Queues exceeded three hours in some places for entrants and buses were still parking up at half past two in the afternoon, by which point others were readying to head home. The queues, however, along with the spectacular views of Woburn Abbey's grounds, provided a phenomenal view. The one way in, one way out approach at Woburn Abbey was no way near as efficient as the system at Duxford.

Brand new Stagecoach Oxford 10441 SK15HDE in the afternoon
A number of those local to the blog were disappointed in the lack of vehicles heading to the event from our area, and as a result remained at home today. Because of this, I've pledged to myself that I will provide as big a mix of possible of vehicles in a number of parts spread across the forthcoming week. 

In Part One, we take a look at some of the brand new vehicles (Here classed as those up to a few months old) which were on show at Woburn Abbey. Showbus always attracts a variety of newly registered buses from across the county, and a large number of new types released in the year. 2015 has seen the Alexander Dennis "Major Model Change" series of Enviro products really take off. This year, at least five were in attendance: two Enviro400 double deckers each from Stagecoach and National Express West Midlands and an Enviro200 single decker from the latter. All of these vehicles were relatively new arrivals, providing those hunting their modern vehicle something to look around.

The unregistered Volvo B8R/MCV C122RLE demonstrator
Delane Buses of Bourne have long supported the event, commonly brining their latest and second-to-latest deliveries. This year saw Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AD15DBL and Wright Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5TL AD65DBL exhibited.

Making an appearance was an unregistered MCV C122RLE bodied Volvo B8RLE, which is soon to be in use as a demonstrator. The interior specification is near identical to that of locally based Simonds BU14EGD, based on the earlier B7R chassis. 

King Long Europe, part of the Chinese owned manufacturer, were one of the principal sponsors of Showbus 2015. Their small display of vehicle consisted of a brand new, unregistered XMQ6900 and XMQ6130Y BN63NYC and XMQ6127 BX13NTF from the Bakers of Biddulph fleet.

Goldren Boy XO65BOY, a brand new Noones Turas minicoach
Golden Boy Coaches brought along their XO65BOY, named "Master Eddie". The vehicle is a Noones Turas bodied Mercedes Benz, a relatively new type on the British market. 

From Nottingham City Transport was YN65XFG, an original styled Alexander Dennis Enviro400 bodied Scania N230UD. Like the twenty three recently delivered to local operator Konectbus, these will be among the last original style Enviro400s sold. Redline also brought along a near-last, YX65RXG is a newly delivered Enviro200 midibus. This type is now replaced by the Enviro200MMC.

Part two, coming up tomorrow, will take a look at some of the older preserved vehicles making an appearance at Showbus 2015.
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  1. Have to say I did enjoy Showbus but then when you love buses as much as I do it's to be expected. My main complaint was the distance i had to walk from the car park uphill through deer poo!!!!